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Final Report - POLISINNOVATIONS (Diffusion of administrative and regulatory innovations in OECD and EU member states)

Project ID: 236107
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE


The literature on administrative reform and new public management (NPM) has generally overlooked the determinants of the spread of innovations among developed and developing countries. Moreover, the vast majority of diffusion studies in political science tend to focus on adoption and ignore the stages prior and after the point at which the decision is made.

The POLISINNOVATIONS project aim to understand the diffusion of administrative reform. A set of objectives were set in the research proposal: i) to develop an integrated theoretical framework; ii) to identify prerequisites for adoption and determinants of diffusion of administrative reform; iii) to embed coherently different stages of the policy process; iv) to attempt to generalise on patterns of diffusion of different administrative reforms.

Empirical findings in the report show that administrative capacity to regularly adopt reforms and innovation, administrative tradition, captured by legal origin, and the size of government are important drivers for the adoption of policy innovations. This drive towards reform is enhanced by international organisations that through transnational networks of experts promote innovation by disseminating concerned information.

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